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blanch at (something)

To balk or hesitate when faced with something unpleasant. This phrase can also include or describe one's visible paleness, as to "blanch" something means to whiten it. All of my friends ran into the creepy haunted house, but I blanched at the sight of it. Stella blanched at the plate of cooked ants that had been set before her.
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blanch with (an emotion)

To become visibly pale as a result of feeling a particular emotion. All of my friends ran into the creepy haunted house, but I blanched with fear when I saw it. Stella blanched with disgust at the plate of cooked ants that had been set before her.
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blanch at something

Fig. to cringe at something; to become pale at the thought of something. Jill blanched at the thought of swimming in that cold water. Lily blanched at the sight before her.
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blanch with something

Fig. to become pale with some emotion, such as anger or fear. He saw the injury and blanched with fear. Lily blanched with anger as Max walked out.
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References in classic literature ?
Vanborough beckoned to Blanche to come to her, and pointed toward the French window opening to the floor.
My expert blanches everything except for runner beans and dwarf French beans, and what follows is her advice not mine
000 q de viandes blanches congelees, dans le cadre du dispositif de regulation des produits de large consommation (Syrpalac), sont disponibles durant ce Ramadhan dans la wilaya de Tizi-Ouzou, a indique, hier, le directeur des services agricoles.